Jefferson County to Test Remote Technology Project to Promote Access, Safety in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases | WV News

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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (WV News) – Next week, Jefferson County court officials will test a pilot program that allows victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to file petitions and attend follow-up hearings without having to visit a courthouse.

The test will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 9, in Jefferson County Magistrate Court in the Jefferson County Judicial Building in Charles Town. The test is open to the public and the media.

Jefferson County is the fourth county to pilot the program. Previously, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault had to go in person to a magistrate court to seek domestic violence protective orders or personal safety orders and attend follow-up hearings in person.

Under the pilot, victims can still go to court, but they will now have the option of going to the Eastern…

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